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Tortellini and Sausage Soup

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This Tortellini and Sausage Soup is a flavorful blend of sausage, tortellini, and herbs.

We are coming up on soup season again. How quickly the seasons change these days. As the weather begins to drop, I find myself going through old soup recipes. This one was and is still a classic. One that I love making during the colder months as I find it so satisfying and a soup that really warms you up.

During my brief time in Rome, I had come across a broth-style dish with tortellini. At first, I found it odd to be eating this pasta without the traditional white sauce or even tomato-based sauces. Like the ones often found here in the states. But I decided to go with it and it was actually even more flavorful to me than many other cream-based variations of tortellini dishes I had had prior.

Now the broth-based tortellini is nowhere the same as this Tortellini and Sausage Soup mind you. But it gave me the idea to try making a real soup from tortellini pasta. Something I had yet to try until that point. I will tell you, at some point, I just might recreate that delicious brothy tortellini. But for now, I have this Tortellini and Sausage Soup to share with you.

This soup is extremely easy to make. However, I don’t want to sell you on the idea of simple cooking although there definitely is that aspect. It is hard to find anything better on a cold winter day than having a warm bowl of this Tortellini and Sausage Soup. So as the wardrobe is switched out and we reach for the sweaters be sure to save this one for your meal rotation.

Why I Love This Tortellini and Sausage Soup

In our house, I tend to make tortellini about once a week. It is one of my daughter’s favorite foods. Often as I am dashing out the door to the grocery store, I hear “don’t forget the tortellini mom!”. You can imagine how boring it can get after about week 5 of doing this. So I have had to get creative. To find many ways that I can use them in recipes. In this way, I can spare myself the boredom of eating them so frequently.

This Italian Pasta Salad is another great one to check out. But for whatever reason, I come back to this soup Tortellini and Sausage Soup. By cooking this Soup you will see just how easy it all comes together. Creating a rich flavorful soup that is also very hearty and satisfying. You really won’t believe how much flavor one can conjure up in a mere few minutes. I like using the tri-colored tortellini but there is also something very rustic and appealing about the plain pasta colored ones.

If you are in any way like me, you like to plate the food you serve. For this, I would suggest serving it in a white soup bowl as it makes for a lovely presentation whether using colored tortellini or not.


What You Will Need To Make This Tortellini and Sausage Soup

1- 20 oz package tortellini pasta

1 lb Italian sausage (crumbled style or links without the casing)

3 cups of fresh spinach

3 garlic cloves finely minced or grated in

1 tbsp of dried Italian seasoning

6 cups good chicken stock

1 bay leaf

1 cup diced tomatoes

cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

In a large pot add the Italian sausage and begin browning over medium heat. If using links make sure to remove the casing and break down the sausage as it cooks. When the sausage is just about done, add the cup of tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, cracked pepper, and bay leaf. Give it a stir. Next, add the chicken stock to the pot.

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Bring to a bit of a simmer but not a rolling boil. Place the spinach in the pot. Then add your tortellini pasta and let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until they begin floating.

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Give it a good stir to combine it. Once the 5 minutes of tortellini cooking time is up your soup is ready to serve. Finish off with a fresh shaving of parmesan cheese (optional).

*If reheating later, be sure to save a few cups of stock as the noodles will absorb the liquid as it sits.

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Cooking Tips For Tortellini and Sausage Soup

  • I use crumble Italian sausage for this recipe but you use spicy Italian for a kick and even whole sausages. Just be sure to remove the casings and break the sausage up with the wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • For reheating, have some extra stock on hand as the noodles tend to absorb the stock when sitting in the fridge.

Serving Suggestions for Tortellini and Sausage Soup

This soup is very hearty and filling on its own. But here are some suggestions of items that work well when serving this Tortellini and Sausage Soup.

  • A tossed green salad pairs well with any soup but especially a hearty soup like this one.
  • Serve alongside bread sticks or even a rustic loaf of bread like this No Knead Artisan Loaf.
  • If you are looking for a dessert to pair with this Tortellini and Sausage Soup check out this Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler.
  • For gatherings, serving a simple tomato basil salad would be a great addition.

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Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A flavorful soup with sausage, tortellini pasta and Italian herbs.

Ingredients

  • 1 -20 oz package tortellini pasta
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (crumbled style or links without the casing)
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced or grated in.
  • 1 tbsp of dried Italian seasoning
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. In a large pot add the Italian sausage and begin browning over medium heat. If using links make sure to remove the casing and break down the sausage as it cooks.
    2. When the sausage is just about done, add the cup of tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, cracked pepper, and bay leaf.
    3. Give it a stir.
    4. Then add your stock.
    5. Bring to a bit of a simmer but not a rolling boil. Place the spinach in.
    6. Then add the tortellini to the pot and let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until they begin floating.
    7. Give it a good stir to combine it.
    8. Once the 5 minutes of tortellini cooking time is up your soup is ready to serve. 
    9. Garnish with a fresh parmesan on top (optional)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1010mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

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